- The famous Realistic Mach One high-power handling
speakers ■ Three-way floor
system with massive 15" woofer for thrilling bass down to 20
Hz. ■ A real "heavyweight" among
speakers, famous for making theatre-type sound affordable
■ Acoustic suspension,
large-excursion woofer has an effective cone radiating area of
over 100 square inches. ■ Four
layer woofer voice coil is wound on a heavy-duty brass form
■ Special multicell midrange horn
for wide dispersion and "live" presence ■
Aluminum-coil tweeter horn delivers crisp and clean highs up to
25,000 Hz ■ Separate calibrated
treble and midrange L-pad controls for precise adjustment of
response to suit room acoustics ■
Superior transient response, lab-tested and proven, preserves
the punch of modern musical material ■
Power handling capacity of over 100 watts peak program
■ Frequency response: 20-25,000 Hz
■ Impedance: 8 ohms
■ Luxurious oiled walnut veneer
Radio Shack has been offering kits
to build devices like amplifiers, receivers and radios since the
company started publishing catalogs in 1939 (and most likely
even earlier). But it wasn't until the late 1950s
that Radio Shack offered, what was then called, Novice Kits
(shown above). A decade later, the more popular Science Fair Electronic
Kits were introduced.
1994 - Radio Shack introduces
Radio Shack Repair Shop"
They say, "Put It In Our Hands For
Guaranteed Major Brand Repairs."
Tandy - Toshiba - Pioneer - Epson - Sony -
Kenwood - Yamaha - Audiovox - Casio - Sansui - Bose - Memorex -
Kodak - Sylvania and more
Radio Shack Repair Shop Brochure
For the best viewing experience,
this archive of RadioShack catalogs can be
in three formats: LARGE or SMALL (in Adobe Flash), or HTML
Just For Fun
When you have more
Radio Shack "stuff" to display, but don't know where to put it, you put in a book called, "Just For Fun".
Includes the Radio Shack Free Battery of the Month Club.
Radio Shack Advertisements
Radio Shack has been
in business for almost 90 years. Throughout this time, Radio Shack advertised its products in countless publications. See some of those advertisements in this book.
Most of the 1940s through
1950s ads were from QST Magazine - an amateur radio publication.
Note the year of the ad (if known) on top of each page.
Shack Electronics Digest
1967, (shown left) is Radio Shack's first (Vol. 1, No 1) Electronics Digest
magazine. This hard-to-find publication was "The Electronics Magazine for Home and School" :
electronic projects, educational & historical information, info about
conference calling, the future of electronics & more.
(Vol. 1, No 1 July - Aug. 1967 )
(Vol. 1, No 2 Sept - Oct. 1967 )
RADIO SHACK SCANNER MANUALS
scanner support pages
Radio Shack and
Comp, DX, HTX, and PRO Series scanners. Included are
& maintenance, schematics, general scanning guides and user manuals.
TANDY COMPUTER "WHIZ KIDS"
From 1982 to 1991, Radio Shack produced a series of comic books called, Whiz Kids. Published by Archie Comics,
they featured kids involved in
exciting adventures, and taught kids about science, computer basics,
history & development of computers, and illustrated some of the
practical uses of computers in
everyday life. The books revolved around Tandy Computers and Radio Shack products.
Eight issues in all are known to have
been published. All of which are for
display on this site. This promotional and educational publication was a distributed as a
free giveaway to students, teachers, schools, and persons interested
in science topics, "Compliments of Radio Shack".
Take a look at the
Computer Whiz Kids Comics.
"HISTORY OF ELECTRONICS"
The Science Fair "Story of Electronics...
That Changed The World." Within these colorful comic books, a teacher
instructs her students on the history of science, giving lessons on astronomy, space travel, electricity, electronics, energy, computers,
and new developments in
electronics. These free giveaway, educational comic books, were
published by Radio Shack for elementary school students and helped Tandy/Radio Shack introduce their brand to the consumers of tomorrow.
Take a look at the
Radio Shack Comic Books.
This token was
specially minted in bronze for Allied Radio Shack by the Franklin Mint to
celebrate their 1000th store opening on July 8, 1971 in Garden Grove, CA.
In addition, over 10,000
customers (only 10 per store) won replicas in a drawing in July 1971.
This coin entitled the bearer to unlimited 10% discounts on Radio Shack
items throughout the year.
Charles Tandy prominently shown on the front.
Watch a Movie. Get $1 Off.
1976, Radio Shack teamed with Paramount Studios to promote Radio Shack's
Realistic line of CB radios.
If you saw the
movie "Citizens Band" at your local theater, you would receive a free "BONUS
DOLLAR" (made of aluminum) that could be used on any Radio Shack product
priced at $1 or more. The offer expired July 31, 1977.
RADIO SHACK PUBLIC SERVICE
Through the years, RadioShack has been actively involved in
many public service programs, including a partnership with the National
Crime Prevention Council and the National Sheriff's Association.
Take a look at some of the
Public Service Pamphlets.
Radio Shack offers Official Bicentennial
(Click RadioShack advertisement above to
1976, the nationwide Radio Shack store chain was the exclusive distributor
of "Broad Stripes, Bright Stars", a two record stereo album of
military music authorized by a special act of Congress and featuring all
four USA military bands. Only 100,000 copies of the album were
According to J. William Middendorf II, Secretary of the Navy, "Proceeds from
sales are expected to recover costs of production and distribution,
resulting in a project at no additional expense to our taxpayers."
The album was produced by the U.S. Navy for the Department of Defense and
features the U.S. Army Band and Chorus, the U.S. Navy Band and Sea Chanters,
the U.S. Marine Band and the U.S. Air Force Band and Singing Sergeants.
These great musical organizations appear together in this album as they have
in events of American history.
Click on the links below to hear excerpts from
ALBUM 1, SIDE 1
Four Ruffles & Hail To The Chief
Yankee Doodle / White Cockade / The World Turned Upside Down
Battle Of Trenton
ALBUM 1, SIDE 2
The Battle Cry of Freedom
Long Time Ago
The Battle Hymn of the Republic
ALBUM 2, SIDE 1
National Emblem March
The Army Goes Rolling Along
Eternal Father (The Navy Hymn)
The Marines Hymn
Over There / You're A Grand Old Flag / Yankee Doodle Boy
The Stars & Stripes Forever
ALBUM 2, SIDE 2
God Bless America
The Air Force Song
Strike Up The Band
America The Beautiful
"Years of Service" Pins
These are Tandy Corporation
and RadioShack employee
"Years of Service" pins in 10K gold.
1- 5 yr. Tandy
1-10 yr. Tandy Corp. Pin with sapphire
1-10 yr. Radio Shack Pin with ruby
This Radio Shack
was about the size of a key and made to affix
to a key chain. (front & back side shown)
A Book About The Man
Published in 1993, and written by Irvin Farman, the book "Tandy's Money
Machine" is a bibliography of Charles D. Tandy.
This book depicts how Charles Tandy built Radio Shack into the World's
Largest Electronics Chain.
Tandy's official story is well worth
reading for all students of American culture and
technology; its overriding theme seems to be the
shortsightedness of Wall Street, which failed to
share Tandy's vision.
You can find this book at larger book stores or searching the web. You
can also read a little more about Tandy's life in this